I’ve spent the last hour enjoying some fantastic coffee at Novo, a little shop across from the Denver Art Museum, and during that time I’ve seen three groups of at least 15 police officers walk by, what looked like a Wells Fargo truck with “Aurora Police” stenciled on the side driving down 13th – and a police helicopter just now flew overhead.Granted, the main Denver police station is just a few blocks down from the DAM, but when did Denver start looking like a scene from Apocalypse Now? All the cops and paramedics have gas masks hanging off their belts like something from Desert Storm, and a few weeks ago I watched Blackhawk helicopters practice take-offs and landings at Denver Health.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m no fan of the Recreate ’68 crowd, and just because a majority of people disagree with their extreme views doesn’t make this a “sham democracy,” as one sign I saw recently claimed. It actually makes it a pretty functional one. So does the fact these folks can say and do wacked out stuff within earshot of the delegates — you know, the people who actually decided to participate in our electoral process.
Due respect to the men and women in blue, but I’m starting to get a little creeped out.
There goes the helicopter again…
Colorado Independent’s blog-i-nist (blogger-columnist) Jeff Bridges has worked in Democratic politics for the last 10 years, serving as communications director for two congressional races in Colorado and two governors races in the Deep South. Bridges also worked for Sen. Ken Salazar as a legislative assistant in DC, and currently serves on the board of directors for New Era Colorado and the Colorado Conservation Voters.